Daily Focus, November 9, 2018

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”  James 4:8

Daily Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 7:1 – 8:22  (“And the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Obey their voice and make them a king.’  Samuel then said to the men of Israel, ‘Go every man to his city.'”)

This Week’s Memory Verse:If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”  Romans 12:18

Remember These In Prayer:

The family and friends of Thurman Dye are continuing to mourn his passing on Thursday morning at his home.  Marie and other family members will receive friends at the building of the Central Church of Christ from 1:00 to 2:30 on Sunday, and a memorial service will follow at 2:30.  You can view his obituary by clicking on this link.  Pray for God’s comfort to be upon Marie and the family.

Austin Hamilton has been hospitalized at Woodridge Hospital for treatment for difficult emotional issues.  Pray for God’s help to find effective treatments.

Janice Moze is dealing with health issues that appear to be significant.  We don’t know many details, but she said Thursday evening at the Biblical Viewpoints Lectureship that she needs our prayers.

Tina Thornton came through her surgery on Thursday to amputate a toe.  She will remain hospitalized for the next couple of days.  Tina is a lady in the community for whom we have prayed in recent months.  She and her daughter Brittany send their thanks for our prayers.

Bob Patton is struggling with a hip that needs to be replaced.  He must first be cleared by his primary care doctor.  Pray that he will be able to get his appointment moved up so he can get the help he needs.

Lillian Parsons, young daughter of Tracy and Drew Parsons, is continuing to do well after her health scare a few weeks ago.  She is being weaned off the steroid regimen she has been on, and her lab work is showing all to be well.  Keep this child in your prayers.  Tracy and Drew are members of the Elizabethton Church of Christ.

John Holsclaw, uncle of Rebekah Hunt, has been admitted to Franklin Woods Hospital.  Rebekah reports that he is not doing well.  He is a member of the Elizabethton Church of Christ.

Maxine Gagliano, aunt of Rebekah Hunt, is back home after spending time in the hospital and in rehab following a fall in late September.

Sunday’s Bulletin can be viewed by clicking here.  Take a few moments to learn all the latest news and service opportunities from among your Central family.

More Thanksgiving Bags Available: Another stock of bags to be filled for our “Sharing Thanksgiving” program are available at the Welcome Centers.  Lucy Jernigan reports that we hope to have 242 bags filled by Sunday, November 18.  Please take one or more of these and fill them with the items on the attached lists.  Monetary donations are also being accepted to help purchase the hams that will go with each bag of groceries.

Another Class Graduated!  On Thursday evening the latest class on “Managing My Anger” celebrated completion of the 13-lesson course.  36 men began the study and 34 graduated.  This was the 32nd class taught at Northeast Correctional Complex, at either the Roan Mountain or Mountain City site, and each class strongly promotes God’s principles as taught in His word as the best way to approach life.  Pray for the men who have gone through these courses, that the seed sown will grow and bear fruit.

One More Prayer Request: Please add to your prayer list a request that the Lord will send more laborers to help with the harvest at the prisons.  We greatly need to offer worship services every Sunday at each of the three sites, but we need more men who will commit to helping.  *  “Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’”  (Matthew 9:37,38)